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EU national long term employment allowed to enter CH? (now, covid-19)

Hi everyone,
I'm Italian and have a job waiting for me in Zurich (Software engineer). Just read the ordinance update regarding the easing of border controls. But my case is still specifically not allowed to enter CH, and I don't understand why.

If you are non-EU, short or long-term contract and have a work visa, you can enter.
If you are EU with a short-term contract, they will send the confirmation and allow you to enter.
Cross-border will be allowed to enter.
EU with long-term contract (my case), that don't have to (and can't) get any permit or visa to enter Switzerland are not allowed to enter!

I don't know what to do, or who to contact to address my concern or ask for help.

The federal migration office just told me (before the news about relaxing entry ban) that "that's how it is" and I may have to wait until September.
The canton tells me that they couldn't do anything, and I understand.

But I was about to start a new life in Zurich, my dream job, and I feel so helpless.

I contacted the migration (state and canton) office a week ago regarding today's entry ban update but didn't get an answer yet. Is anyone in the same situation and knows anything about that?

I just called the canton migration office, talked in english and they told me the border is closed I have to wait until 15 June (I haven't seen that date anywhere) even before explaining my full situation (do they know how to handle this? Do they have all the information?).

I briefly told them that my job is in IT (information technology, software engineer) and they told me "oh, if you're in IT then you can fill up a form at the website and we can approve it." but they couldn't explain what form that is, I couldn't find any.

I'm kind of venting here, and I'm so sorry about that, really.
But also if anyone knows if there is anything I can do, if there's anyone I can contact.

Thanks!

PS: this is the second post I do about this because I don't think the title for the first one represented my problem correctly. Please let me know if this is not right.
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Old 11.05.2020, 11:47
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Re: EU national long term employment allowed to enter CH? (now, covid-19)

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Entry by EU/EFTA citizens

[...]only persons with an official document (Meldebestätigung / attestation d’annonce) or an assurance of a permit or an entry permit with the visa may enter Switzerland. An overriding public interest is required. An employment contract or an order confirmation is not sufficient to cross the Swiss border.

I plan to work for more than three months in Switzerland. Can I apply for a residence permit?
In principle, persons will only be allowed to enter Switzerland in order to work if there is an overriding public interest in them doing so in terms of the COVID-19 Ordinance 2. The activities concerned include those that ensure the supply of essential goods and services in relation to health care, agriculture (skilled and unskilled workers), information technology and scientific research. In these cases, workers may be issued with a residence permit or provided with an assurance that a permit will be issued and this will permit them to cross the border.

Persons who have the assurance of a residence permit can enter Switzerland at most three days before the date on which the assurance becomes valid.

The cantonal migration authorities are responsible for granting residence and cross-border commuter permits. You will find contact details here:
I plan to work for more than three months in Switzerland. Can I apply for a residence permit?
In principle, persons will only be allowed to enter Switzerland in order to work if there is an overriding public interest in them doing so in terms of the COVID-19 Ordinance 2. The activities concerned include those that ensure the supply of essential goods and services in relation to health care, agriculture (skilled and unskilled workers), information technology and scientific research. In these cases, workers may be issued with a residence permit or provided with an assurance that a permit will be issued and this will permit them to cross the border.

Persons who have the assurance of a residence permit can enter Switzerland at most three days before the date on which the assurance becomes valid.

The cantonal migration authorities are responsible for granting residence and cross-border commuter permits. You will find contact details here:
Cantonal immigration and labour market authorities.
https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...weigerung.html

For canton of Zurich see in particular: https://awa.zh.ch/internet/volkswirt...k_permits.html
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Hi everyone,

I just called the canton migration office, talked in english and they told me the border is closed I have to wait until 15 June (I haven't seen that date anywhere) even before explaining my full situation (do they know how to handle this? Do they have all the information?).
Please see the FAQs in the link above provided by the SEM, it should answer all of your questions.

I understand your frustration and rant but even though most Swiss speak English fluenly you will notice people will be more willing to help if you address your issues in a national language (be it administrstion/post/phone provider customer service etc).

You are Italian no? Try calling in Italian next time (or German or French if you speak these) and you will see it will be easier to get guided on what to do next.
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